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by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

A real intuition can never be wrong. When your intuition is fully developed, you will stand firm in your knowledge and convictions no matter who opposes you.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

If you’re a devotee, your priority is finding God, not the work you’re doing. Losing the thought of putting God first, and thinking in terms of other priorities, can easily be the first step away from attunement and the spiritual path.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

In every undertaking, the way for the devotee to “hit the mark” of spiritual enlightenment, is to ignore every distraction and center all of your attention on the object of success. Not for the spiritual hero, the hand-wringing lament, “Oh, but think of the difficulties I face!”

by Lorna Knox (Spiritual Development, Spiritualizing Daily Life)

Power is one of the eight aspects of God. I had lessons to learn about power and self-assertion, and my Guru had put me in Home Depot to develop this quality. That fiery power was right in front of me and I watched myself avoid it.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The sincere seeker, whatever his natural inclination, will find in “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” the essential teaching he needs to follow the path to God. That central teaching, Paramhansa Yogananda explained, unites all paths “even as subsidiary streams unite in a larger river.”

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Many are the ways of misrepresenting the Truth. True saints respect and honor one another. Instead of crowding forward like children zealous for acclaim as the finders of a “new” truth, they bow before the Truth itself.

by Swami Kriyananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development, Wisdom in a Nutshell)

Death is no great thing. It happens to every living being and is simply a part of life. What’s wrong is the wish to destroy life.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

To this day I am profoundly grateful to Swami Kriyananda for so lucidly making available to all of us the essence of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on Raja Yoga. If you I want to know God, these lessons lay out with crystal clarity how to achieve that goal.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Spiritualizing Daily Life, Swami Kriyananda)

I want to do more than urge you to make inner peace your priority. I want to show you how, by preserving that peace, you will succeed better at whatever you do than if you were always on the job.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

The devotee who tries to meditate will be hindered, not only by new distractions, but also by strong habits of the body such as restlessness, procrastination, material desires, selfishness, and moods.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development)

Even as Asha never wavers in showing the heroism required of the spiritual seeker, so also does she show her profound faith that God Himself is always there, reaching down to lift up that seeker, to help him or her through whatever comes.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Humility lies in the heart; it is not a “put-up” job. You must feel that everything you do is accomplished by Him alone, through you. It is the consciousness of his own inferiority which makes a man hide behind a display of pride.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Everyone must be ready for attacks of some kind in life. The most important decision all of us must face in life is, always, how to react in the highest way from a standpoint of our own spiritual growth.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development)

On the spiritual path, we don’t tread water. We’re either moving forward or backward. Very few on the spiritual path say outright, “I will not fight.” We don’t say, “I give up.” What we say in effect is, “I let up,” meaning, “I’m not going to try as hard.”

by Brahmachari Dhyan and Nayaswami Prakash (Spiritual Development, Spiritualizing Daily Life)

Dhyan and I were working with the thought, “The things that happen to us do not matter; what we become through them does.” When we finished, we looked at each other and one of us said, “I think we got it right this time.”

by Kalamali Church (Spiritual Development, Stories of Grace)

I had seen Divine Mother in moments of beauty and joy. Now She was showing me that even in my darkest moments, She remained with me. I didn’t need to hide anything because, in Her great compassion, She loved me unconditionally.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Those who fill their hearts with unkindness can never learn to love God.To grow closer to God, you must be kind and loving to all. Making others happy through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice is a sign of true greatness.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The more a person gives generously of himself, to God and to life, the more karmic law supports him in return. Always keep a generous attitude even if you haven’t the financial means to be generous in more material ways.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development)

Good health results from a strong unobstructed flow of life-force to all areas of the body; illness, moods, apathy—in fact, all negative states—are symptoms of a conflict or blockage of the life-force. One of the great benefits of meditation is a gradual freedom from these conflicts.

by Swami Kriyananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development, Wisdom in a Nutshell)

People should look carefully at anything in themselves that they’d rather ignore, things their conscience tells them they ought, or ought not, to do.

An Interview with Nayaswamis Savitri and Sudarshan (Spiritual Development)

When the motor scooter bucked, my body was launched into the air. Witnesses said I did at least one cartwheel, but I only remember a blur. I believe my right leg folded up under me as I hit the pavement with my full body weight. Then I rolled lengthwise several times until I was lying face up on the grass by the roadside.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Rightly understood, the search for the soul mate is a demanding and ultimately divinely rewarding path to freedom. The merging of twin souls leads finally to transcendence of their separate egos and a perfecting of their love in God.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

You are not your body, male or female. You are not your personality. The body you take on is just the product of all the things you’ve done and the reactions you’ve had over many lifetimes. These experiences have molded your face, your personality, your likes and dislikes, and have become your self-definitions, but you are none of those things.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Remember, if you make up your mind that you are going to control your circumstances, your circumstances will adjust themselves accordingly. Friendly success tendencies are ready to help you, depending on your unflinching efforts.

An Interview with Mary Kretzmann (Spiritual Development)

Spiritually, the most important attitude for a healer is a constant awareness that God is the source of the healing power. There is also the need for reverent devotion to God and Guru because if you pray and ask the Masters to guide you, they will protect you from all negative influences, especially any tendency to become egoic.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Laziness is the inertia that impedes a person’s attempts to progress. He wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Oh, let me lie here just a little longer, before getting up to meditate.” Or he thinks, “It would be good to discipline myself, but let me just wait until tomorrow!”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

A mental indulgence in fear creates a subconscious fear habit. When something upsetting occurs, the subconscious fear habit asserts itself, magnifying the object of one’s fears.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development, Spiritual Practices)

We are never separate from the Guru, just as we are never separate from God, but we must realize the Guru’s inner presence by opening our hearts to him and asking for his blessings.

An Interview with Brahmacharini Brindey (Spiritual Development, Stories of Grace)

When I “came to” I realized to the core of my being that all I needed to do was accept the gift of sobriety and say YES to it and to life, and God would take care of the rest!

by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development)

Accept others as they are. Accept life as it is. By learning acceptance, you will learn above all to accept yourself. With acceptance will come forgiveness, and a joyful sense of inner release.